I'm trying to model the nucleoprotein complex of influenza A which schematically looks like this:
I'm struggling with the modeling of the RNA part (the black string on the image). One of my objectives is to model 8 segments of precise size, so my RNA is made of a lightly modified cube ("nucleotide" in the blend file) with an applied array modifier. The RNA used in my blend is the shortest (890 nucleotides).
Using the Extra Objects Addon, I've been able to model a double helix structure. Then I've added a loop and merged the three curves.
The last step is to make the RNA taking the shape of the curve. So, I tried using the curve modifier (with different deformation axis, with array applied or not, with array on "fit curve") but nothing is changing. And I'm not sure about what is going wrong (the curve has a HUGE number of vertices, could it be the problem?). Have I made a stupid error, or should I use another method?